David Sirota is an awardwinning investigative journalist and an In These Times senior editor. He served as speech writer for Bernie Sanders’ 2020 campaign. Follow him on Twitter @davidsirota.
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How Cash Secretly Rules Surveillance Policy
Booz Allen et al donate campaign cash. Politicians praise surveillance. What does Occam's Razor say?
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Obama’s Dirty War on Journalism
Despite a facade of openness, the president has sought to crack down on "inconvenient" reporting.
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Humanity’s Oldest Story
The White House claims unprecedented authority over drone strike assassinations.
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Permanent Washington’s Backlash to Edward Snowden
The attacks on the NSA whistleblower reveal some ugly truths about America
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Rethinking American Exceptionalism
America is certainly exceptional, but that isn't necessarily something to be proud of.
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Painting the Red States Red
Gun control is wildly popular in places like Louisiana--but you wouldn't know that from the media.
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After Oklahoma Disaster, Give Thanks for ‘Big Government’
Government--when working right--is the most powerful and reliable responder to large-scale emergencies.
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If West, Texas Had Been a Terrorist Attack
Why the double standard?
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The Military’s 40-Year Experiment
How the end of the draft made way for an 'era of persistent conflict.'
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What’s Speeding Global Warming
Want to save the world? Eat less meat.
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A Cronkite Moment for the War on Terror
Tom Brokaw states the glaring truth about the Boston bombings.
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A Moment of Silence for Boston
We can thwart the terrorists by shutting off our screens.
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‘Illegal’ Is a Racial Slur
Why the AP's decision to drop 'illegal immigrant' is a victory against bigotry.
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Supreme Court Sets Radical New Precedent
Why is a judiciary body charged with upholding the constitution so concerned about public opinion?
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Call It What It Is: A Class War
The GOP's budget is a naked assault on the poor.
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The U.N.‘s Hypocritical War on Pot
The organization's double standards stand in the way of commonsense drug policy.
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An Unrepresentative Democracy
America isn't nearly as conservative as our lawmakers think.
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It’s OK, We’re All Panicking
40 million Americans suffer from anxiety-related disorders.
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Two 2016 Prospects Reveal Democrats’ Identity Crisis
Elizabeth Warren and John Hickenlooper embody a party torn between populism and corporatism.
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The Orwellian Pols Who Call Drones ‘Humane Weapons’
Our politicians have forgotten that the truly humane path is finding alternatives to war.
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Didn’t Watch the Super Bowl? You Still Got Charged
4 ways everyone in America pays a Sports Tax, including $1 billion a year to the NFL.
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Santa Claus-ifying Martin Luther King, Jr.
When the U.S. military tweets MLK quotes, you know things have gotten bad--for the military.
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The President of Perpetual War
Obama's dovish rhetoric doesn't match reality.
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The Second Amendment vs. the First
Alex Jones' now infamous meltdown on CNN teaches us two important lessons about gun control.
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The Weathermen Don’t Know Which Way the Wind’s Blowing
Four in 5 Americans believe in global warming--but nearly half of local weather reporters don't.
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3 Fiscal-Cliff Truths You Won’t Hear On TV
The news media gave us a reality TV show. Here's what they left on the cutting-room floor.
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Football Coaches vs. the Common Good
Why doesn't the GOP gripe about our taxes going to multi-million-dollar coaches' salaries?
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End the Mansion Subsidy
If you can afford a million-dollar mortgage, you don't need a tax break.
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A Picture Worth Far More Than 1,000 Words
How the New York Post subway photo turns the lens on us.
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The Dangers of a Data-Driven World
As we increasingly use algorithms that base decisions on past successes, innovation is threatened.
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Ending the Drug War: No Laughing Matter
Colorado may have legalized marijuana last week, but the fate of the state's Drug War depends on the Feds.
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Post-Election, The Revolving Door Swings Open
'Tis the season when yesterday's campaign advisers get plum lobbying positions.
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A Republican’s Rare Chance to Be a Real Leader
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie could revolutionize his party by acknowledging a simple scientific truth.
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In Defense of the Undecided Voter
In a complicated election, are the waverers really the simple-minded ones?
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Two Old Names, One Lesson About Money
Forget Romney and Obama--what Brewster and Perot can teach us about campaign finance.
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Mitt Romney’s Lies and a Startling Truth
Underneath Romney's prevarication, there's a surprising GOP shift on taxes.
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Two Little Missing Words
If now isn't the time for President Obama to have a real conversation about Social Security, when is?
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Brown v. Warren: Choosing Between Automatons and Leaders
Corporate execs fear elected officials who have inconvenient morals or brains--like Elizabeth Warren.
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Drug Dealers Protecting Their Turf
Alcohol peddlers are fighting marijuana reform to keep out the competition.
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Big Brother In Your Car
Oh, that little device under the dash? It's just your insurance company judging your driving.
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The Climate Bites Back
Decades of aggressive urban sprawl have led to many Americans living in wildfire territory
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From Greenwashing to Workerwashing
McDonald's and Coca-Cola prove capitalism can co-opt anything ... even worker uprisings.
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Who Is Paul Ryan?
The media's image of Romney's running mate doesn't mesh with reality
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Can Government Create Jobs or Not?
If Republicans don't believe government can create jobs, why are they pushing military spending?
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Facing An Emergency, We’re Still Asking, “Where’s the Beef?”
Facing the worst drought in 60 years, the mere suggestion of forgoing meat once a week causes the GOP to go bonkers.
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Gold Medalists In Fake Outrage
The hypocrisy underlying politicians' faux indignation over Chinese-made Olympic team uniforms.
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Obscuring A Debate Over Butlers
The 1% will get a tax cut no matter who wins in November.
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The Logic of Willful Ignorance
You don't need to be a political junkie to be a good citizen.
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